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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MV: Toy Story 3 - 2010

Andy is now 17 and ready to head off to college, leaving Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the rest of the toy-box gang to ponder their uncertain futures. When the toys are accidentally donated to the Sunnyside Daycare center they're initially overjoyed to once again be played with, but their enthusiasm quickly gives way to horror as they discover the true nature of the establishment under the rule of the deceptively welcoming "Lotso" Bear. Now, all of the toys must band together in one final, crazy scheme to escape their confines and return home to Andy.

I always wanted to go out with a bang.
  • to go out with a bang = leave, finish or complete something with a memorable last action/event
Ride like the wind, Bull's-eye!
  • to ride like the wind = to ride very fast
To infinity and beyond.
  • infinity = to the farthest place in the universe
Reach for the sky.
  • reach for the sky” = put your hands up
And she's on a rampage!
  • rampage = to behave in an uncontrolled way, especially when this involves damaging or destroying property over a wide area
We are eternally grateful.
  • eternally = forever, or for a very long time
  • grateful = feeling that you want to thank someone because they have given you something or have done something for you
All right guys. We've got one shot at this.
  • one shot at this” = one time to do something
Ok. Uh, first off ... we all knew "Operation Playtime" was a long shot.
  • long shot = an attempt or guess that is not likely to be successful but that is worth trying
Anything you need for an orderly transition.
  • orderly = well-behaved, well-controlled, or well-organized
  • transition = the process of changing from one situation, form, or state to another
Finished. Over the hill.
  • over the hill” = no longer young and unable to do things that you could do in the past
You're going AWOL?
  • AWOL = absent without leave: someone leaves the place where they are without permission
We're being abandoned.
  • abandoned = left alone by someone who should stay with you and take care of you
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a minute. Quiet!
  • whoa = stop
  • hold on a minute” = “stop what you are doing”
You wait. Andy's gonna tuck us in the attic. It'll be safe and warm.
  • to tuck [something] in = to leave inside someplace snuggly
Let's get our parts together, get ready and go out on a high note.
  • go out on a high note” = see “go out with a bang”
Molly! You're not off the hook either.
  • off the hook” = freed, as from blame or a vexatious obligation
The children at the daycare.
  • daycare = childcare during the day while parents work
Wait a minute. Hold on. This is no time to be hysterical.
  • hysterical = behaving in an uncontrolled way because you are extremely excited, afraid, or upset
What the heck?
  • What the heck?” = “What the hell?” if said in surprise, “What is happening?”
Daycare! What, have you all lost your marbles?
  • lost your marbles” = to be crazy
Andy's moving on, Woody.
  • to move on = to do something different
Molly and I have been growing apart for years.
  • to grow apart = to separate from one another gradually
Daycare is a sad, lonely place for washed up old toys who have no owners.
  • washed up = will never be popular or successful again
Quite the charmer, arenít you?
  • charmer = someone who is good at making people like them, especially to gain advantage
We hit the jackpot, Bull's-eye.
  • jackpot = a large unexpected success or reward
  • bull's eye = “a winner”
Let's keep this in perspective.
  • keep this in perspective” = analyze correctly
Ok, everyone recess. Come on.
  • recess = a period between school classes when students can eat, rest, or play
We're all cast-offs here. We've been dumped, donated ...
  • cast-off = a person or thing that has been discarded or abandoned
All them toys are disposable.
  • disposable = designed to be thrown away of after use
Zip it, Buck Rogers. You won't talk to Lotso till we say you can ...
  • to zip it = to stop talking, to shut up
He took over Sunnyside and rigged the whole system.
  • to rig = to influence something such as an election in a dishonest way in order to produce a particular result
They've cracked down hard since you left.
  • to crack down = to act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain
Anyone concur with Ken?
  • to concur = to agree
Ain't one kid ever loved a toy, really. Chew on that when you're in the dump.
  • to chew on something = to think about something
Oh for crying out loud!
  • Oh for crying out loud! = used for expressing anger
Of course not, you imbecile! We're doomed!
  • imbecile = an insulting word for someone who behaves in a very stupid way
  • to be doomed = to make someone or something certain to fail, be destroyed, be extremely unhappy, etc.


Past Movie word lists can be found at Movie Vocabulary link at the top of the page

MUSIC: Enimen - Beautiful


Enimem - "Beautiful"

Lately I've been hard to reach, I've been too long on my own
Everybody has a private world where they can be alone
Are you calling me? Are you trying to get through
Are you reaching out for me, like I'm reaching out for you?

I'm just so fuckin' depressed, I just can seem to get out this slump
If I could just get over this hump
But I need something to pull me out this dump,
I took my bruises, took my lumps
Fell down and I got right back up
But I need that spark to get psyched back up
In order for me to pick the mic back up
I don't know how or why or when I ended up in this position I'm in
I'm starting to feel decent again
So I decided just to pick this pen
Up and try to make an attempt to vent
But I just can't admit
Or come to grips with the fact that I may be done with rap
I need a new outlet, I know some shit's so hard to swallow
And I just can't sit back and wallow
In my own sorrow
But I know one fact I'll be one tough act to follow
One tough act to follow
I'll be one tough act to follow
Here today, gone tomorrow
But you'd have to walk a thousand miles

[Chorus:]
In my shoes, just to see
What it's like, to be me
I'll be you, let's trade shoes
Just to see what it'd be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other's minds
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other's eyes
But don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful, oh
They can all get fucked.
Just stay true to you
So don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
Oh, they can all get fucked.
Just stay true to you

I think I'm starting to lose my sense of humor
Everything is so tense and gloom
I almost feel like I gotta check the temperature in the room
Just as soon as I walk in
It's like all eyes on me
So I try to avoid any eye contact
'cause if I do that then it opens a door for conversation
Like I want that... I'm not looking for extra attention
I just want to be just like you
Blend in with the rest of the room
Maybe just point me to the closest restroom
I don't need no fucking man servant
Trying to follow me around and wipe my ass
Laugh at every single joke I crack
And half of them ain't even funny like
"Ha!, Marshall you're so funny man, you should be a comedian, god damn"
Unfortunately I am, but I just hide behind the tears of a clown
So why don't you all sit down?
Listen to the tale I'm about to tell
Hell, we don't gotta trade our shoes
And you ain't gotta walk no thousand miles

[Chorus]

But don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
Oh They can all get fucked.
Just stay true to you so
Don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
Oh They can all get fucked. Just stay true to you so

Nobody asked for life to deal us
With these bullshit hands we're dealt
We have to take these cards ourselves
And flip them, don't expect no help
Now I could have either just
Sat on my ass and pissed and moaned
Or take this situation in which I'm placed in
And get up and get my own
I was never the type of kid
To wait by the door and pack his bags
Who sat on the porch and hoped and prayed
For a dad to show up who never did
I just wanted to fit in
At every single place
Every school I went
I dreamed of being that cool kid
Even if it meant acting stupid

Aunt Edna always told me "Keep makin' that face it'll get stuck like that"
Meanwhile I'm just standin' there
Holdin' my tongue tryna talk like this
'Til I stuck my tongue on that frozen stop sign pole at 8 years old
I learned my lesson then cause I wasn't tryna impress my friends no more
But I already told you my whole life story
Not just based on my description
'cause where you see it from where you're sitting
Is probably 110% different
I guess we would have to walk a mile
In each other's shoes, at least
What size you wear? I wear tens
Let's see if you can fit your feet

[Chorus]

Lately I've been hard to reach, I've been too long on my own
Everybody has a private world where they can be alone...
So are you calling me, are you trying to get through, oh?
Are you reaching out for me, I'm reaching out for you?
So oh oh

Yea... To my babies. Stay strong.
Daddy will be home soon
And to the rest of the world, god gave you the shoes
That fit you, so put 'em on and wear 'em
And be yourself, man, be proud of who you are
Even if it sounds corny,
Don't ever let no one tell you, you ain't beautiful

2009 album from one of the most successful Rap artists in history. He's sold more albums than most Rock and Pop superstars. He's a Grammy winner. He's an Oscar winner. He's been on the cover of practically every music magazine since his debut album dropped in 1999. Now, 10 years after The Slim Shady LP, Eminem marks his 10th anniversary as a Hip Hop hurricane with Relapse, yet another skillful collaboration with Dr. Dre. Features the single 'Crack A Bottle' (which features Dre and 50 Cent).

Friday, December 23, 2011

MV: Dolphin Tale - 2011

A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail.

...is now on the verge of smashing those records.
  • “on the verge” = be close or similar to (something):
  • to smash = to completely defeat something
You know, just dropping in to say my final goodbyes.
  • to drop in = to make a short visit somewhere
Catch my time?
  • to catch = [slang] to see, watch, or listen to something
I'm just kidding.
  • “just kidding” = to say something that is not true, especially as a joke
Oh, for crying out loud.
  • “for crying out loud” = “I am annoyed or surprised by this”
Careful, now. Keep it sternal.
  • sternal = rear part or section.
Her eyes are clenched.
  • clenched = closed tightly together
Move. Scram.
  • to scram = to leave a place quickly and immediately
We're picky about what the dolphins eat.
  • picky = someone who is picky only likes specific things and is not easily pleased
There's a lot of dead tissue.
  • tissue = the substance that animal and plant cells are made of
Take the sentences, diagram them.
  • to diagram = to draw a plan showing the relationship between parts of something
It's just a massive infection.
  • massive = very large in amount or degree
Increase the topical antibiotics?
  • topical = used on a part of the body
Hey, Mom. I thought I'd go early today, get a jump on my studies.
  • to get a jump on [something/someone] = to start doing something before other people start, or before something happens, in order to get an advantage for yourself
Early bird gets the worm.
  • “early bird gets the worm” = [proverb] Whoever arrives first has the best chance of success; some opportunities are only available to the first competitors.
Nothing goes down with crappy news...
  • crappy = very bad
I'm home-schooled. That's why I'm such a chatterbox.
  • to homeschool = to educate your children completely at home instead of in a school
  • chatterbox = someone who talks a lot
Just keep an eye on the kids, will you?
  • to keep an eye on = to take care of someone or something
But we're swimming in debt here.
  • “swimming in debt” = to owe an extreme amount of money (too much)
What is that stench?
  • stench = a very bad smell, especially of decay
I have to scoot.
  • to scoot = to leave or go somewhere very quickly
He is so engaged, and it's not with a Game Boy.
  • “so engaged” = very involved in doing something, usually with a lot of concentration
See this bulge right here? It's hard to see.
  • bulge = a shape that curves outward on the surface of something, often made by something under it or inside it
Shrink is down the hall. I don't do heads, I do bodies.
  • “shrink” = a psychiatrist (a doctor who treats people with mental illnesses)
But how would you keep the doggone thing on her when there's nothing there?
  • doggone = used when you are annoyed or surprised
It's preposterous anyway, trying to put a tail on a fish.
  • preposterous = extremely unreasonable or silly
But their skin is hypersensitive. She might not tolerate anything against it at all.
  • hypersensitive = extremely sensitive to certain substances
You were talking about the abrasion part of it. Will you let me finish or what?
  • abrasion = an injured area of skin on your body, caused by your skin rubbing hard against something
You just slide it right over the stump and we'll put the prosthetic right over that.
  • stump = the remaining part of someone’s arm, leg, or finger after the rest is cut off
  • prosthetic = used for replacing a missing body part
This is something I cooked up from parts from an old Buick.
  • to cook up = to invent a story, excuse, plan or something
Gloria, I really feel like we've exhausted all of our options here.
  • exhausted = empty or finished, because a supply of something has all been used
We have to start thinking about putting Winter down.
  • to put [something] down = to kill an animal because it is very old, ill, or dangerous
I know it sounds crazy. I need you to stall him.
  • to stall [someone] = to make someone wait or stay somewhere in order to gain more time
But the plucky animal did, although her tail did not.
  • plucky = brave and determined, especially when success is unlikely
I guarantee she'll steal your heart, just like she did mine.
  • “steal [someone's] heart = to cause someone to love you
All right. Cross your fingers and toes if you got them.
  • “cross your fingers” = superstitious way of receiving good luck
What a mob.
  • Mob = a large crowd of people that is dangerous or difficult to control
Can't a man catch his breath for a minute......before you start bombarding him with questions?
  • “catch your breath” = to slow someone down because the conversation are moving too fast
  • to bombard = to ask someone so many questions, give them so much information, etc. that it is difficult for them to deal with it all
I think she's getting the hang of it.
  • to get the hang of = to succeed in learning how to do something after practicing it
So why don't you stick around.
  • to stick around = to remain in a place for longer than you originally intended, especially in order to wait for something to happen

Past Movie word lists can be found at Movie Vocabulary link at the top of the page

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MUSIC: Sail!

‘Sail’ is the sound of the most tortured of souls in torment. Over a grimy, dirty blast of synthetic bass and plucked strings, the impassioned vocal pierces the heart, all angst ridden and…well, tormented. Awolnation uses electronica as their medium of choice, not softly strummed guitars. Listeners of a nervous or self-hating disposition may wish to listen to something else. Lines like ‘Maybe I should kill myself/blame it on my ADD baby’ may do little to soothe the troubled breast. It remains, though, a pitch-perfect soundtrack for despair and anguish, from the gnarled vocals to the distorted accompaniment cruising beneath the surface.


Awolnation - "Sail"
(dancer = Arthur Cadre)

Sail!

This is how I show my love
I made it in my mind because
I blame it on my A.D.D. baby

This is how an angel cries
I blame it on my own supply
Blame it on my A.D.D. baby

Sail!
Sail!
Sail!
Sail!
Sail!

Maybe I should cry for help
Maybe I should kill myself
Blame it on my A.D.D. baby

Maybe I'm a different breed
Maybe I'm not listening
So blame it on my A.D.D. baby

Sail!
Sail!
Sail!
Sail!
Sail!

La la la la la la oh!

La la la la la la oh!

Sail!
Sail!
Sail!
Sail!
Sail!

Sail with me into the dark
Sail!
Sail with me into the dark
Sail!
Sail with me into the dark
Sail!
Sail with me, sail with me
Sail!

Monday, December 19, 2011

TED: Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

ABOUT THIS TALK: Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Танд үргэлж хийхийг хүсэж, бодож ирсэн боловч хийж чадаагүй зүйлүүд байдагуу? Түүнийгээ 30 өдрийн турш хийгээд үз гэж Матт зөвлөж байна. Энэхүү богино бөгөөд хөгжөөнтэй яриа нь зорилго хэрхэн тавьж түүндээ хүрэх тухай нямбай арга ухааныг танд санал болгож байна.

Translated by Odgerel Ochbold / Reviewed by Dulguun Bayaraa


A few years ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut, so I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and try something new for 30 days. The idea is actually pretty simple. Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days. It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit -- like watching the news -- from your life. Хэдэн жилийн өмнө, би нэгэн хэвийн амьдралд гацсан мэт санагдаж Америкийн алдарт философич Morgan Spurlock-ийн арга барилыг дагахаар шийдэн, 30 өдрийн турш ямар нэг шинэ зүйлийг туршиж үзэхээр болов. Энэ санаа нь үнэндээ маш энгийн. Амьдралдаа үргэлж хийхийг хүсдэг байсан ямар нэг зүйлийн талаар бодоод тэгээд түүнийгээ дараагийн 30 өдрийн дотор туршиж үзэх юм. Эцэст нь харахад 30 өдөр гэдэг бол шинэ зуршил нэмж хасахад -- жишээ нь мэдээ үзэхийг хасахад хамгийн тохиромжтой хугацаа ажээ.
There's a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges. The first was, instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the time was much more memorable. This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month. And I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day. I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges, my self-confidence grew. I went from desk-dwelling computer nerd to the kind of guy who bikes to work -- for fun. Even last year, I ended up hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. I would never have been that adventurous before I started my 30-day challenges. Энэхүү 30 өдрийн сорилтыг хийж байх явцад би хэдэн зүйлийг олж мэдсэн юм. Эхнийх нь бол, сар, өдрүүд нисэн өнгөрч мартагдахын оронд, цаг хугацаа маш дурсамжтай, мартагдашгүй болж ирэв. Би өөртөө сарын турш өдөр болгон зураг авч байх сорилтыг тавьсан юм. Тэгээд би тэр үед хаана байсан, бас тэр өдөр юу хийж байснаа тов тодорхой санаж байв. Мөн түүнчлэн 30 өдрийн сорилтыг илүү ихээр, улам хүндрүүлэн хийж эхэлхэд миний өөртөө итгэх итгэл нэмэгдэж байсаныг би анзаарсан юм. Би ширээнд хадагдсан компьютерын хэнээтэй амьтанаас ажил руугаа дугуйгаар явдаг залуу боллоо-- зугаатай гэж. Бүр цаашлаад өнгөрсөн жил би Африкийн хамгийн өндөр уул Килламанжаро руу авирч гарав. Би 30 өдрийн сорилтыг эхлээгүй бол, би хэзээ ч ингэж адал явдалд хөтлөгдөхгүй байсан юм.
I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days. Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Every November, tens of thousands of people try to write their own 50,000-word novel from scratch in 30 days. It turns out, all you have to do is write 1,667 words a day for a month. So I did. By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you've written your words for the day. You might be sleep-deprived, but you'll finish your novel. Now is my book the next great American novel? No. I wrote it in a month. It's awful. But for the rest of my life, if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party, I don't have to say, "I'm a computer scientist." No, no, if I want to, I can say, "I'm a novelist." Мөн түүнчлэн хэрвээ ямар нэг зүйлийг чи үнэхээр их хүсч байвал, 30 өдрийн турш чи юуг ч хийж чадах юм байна гэдгийг ойлгосон. Та хэзээ нэгэн цагт зохиол бичихийг хүсч байсан уу? 11 дүгээр сар болгон, хэдэн арван мянган хүмүүс өөрийн 50,000 үгтэй романыг 30 өдрийн дотор бичихийг оролддог. Үнэндээ үүнд чинийх хийх ёстой зүйл гэвэл сарын турш өдөр бүр 1667 үг бичих юм. Тэгээд би тэр ёсоор л яг хийв. Өө нээрээ, нууц нь тэр өдрийнхээ үгсийг бичиж дуусахаас нааш унтахгүй байх. Чи нойргүйдсэн ч байсан, романаа бичиж дуусгах л болно. Миний бичсэн ном Америкийн дараагийн алдартай зохиол болсон уу? Үгүй дээ. Би үүнийг чинь сарын дотор бичсэн шүү дээ. Энэ үнэн аймшигтай болсон. Гэхдээ үлдсэн амьдралынхаа туршид хэрвээ би TED-ийн үдэшлэг дээр John Hodgman-тай уулзвал, "Би компьютерийн мэргэжилтэн." гэж хэлэх шаардлагагүй. Үгүй ээ, үгүй, Хүсвэл би "Би бол зохиолч" гэж хэлж ч болно.
(Laughter)

So here's one last thing I'd like to mention. I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There's nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they're a ton of fun. But they're less likely to stick. When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.
(Инээдэм)

Тэгэхээр би энд сүүлийн нэг зүйлийг дурдахыг хүсч байна. Би жижиг, үргэлжлүүлэн хийж болох өөрчлөлтүүдийг хийх нь илүү үлдэцтэй юм гэдгийг олж мэдсэн юм. Том, галзуу сорилтууд хийхэд буруу зүйл байхгүй л дээ. Үнэндээ, тэдгээр нь маш хөгжилтэй. Гэвч тэдгээр нь хэвшил болох нь цөөн. Би 30 өдрийн турш элсэн чихрээс татгалзсанаар 31 дэх өдөр ийм байдалтай байлаа.
(Laughter)

So here's my question to you: What are you waiting for? I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days.
(Инээдэм)

Тэхээр миний танаас асуух асуулт бол: Та юуг хүлээгээд байгаа юм бэ? Би танд дараагийн 30 өдөр тань хүссэн хүсээгүй урсан өнгөрөөд л одно гэдгийг баталчихъя, тиймээс яагаад та ямар нэг өөрийнхөө үргэлж хийж үзэхийг хүсч байсан зүйлээ бодож үзэж болохгүй гэж тэгээд дараагийн 30 хоногт тэрийгээ туршаад үз.
Thanks.

(Applause)
Баярлалаа.

(Алга ташилт)

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights linkspam and helps webmasters understand how search works

Thursday, December 15, 2011

TED: Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan


Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

My travels to Afghanistan began many, many years ago on the eastern border of my country, my homeland, Poland. I was walking through the forests of my grandmother's tales. A land where every field hides a grave, where millions of people have been deported or killed in the 20th century.

Behind the destruction, I found a soul of places. I met humble people. I heard their prayer and ate their bread. Then I have been walking East for 20 years -- from Eastern Europe to Central Asia -- through the Caucasus Mountains, Middle East, North Africa, Russia. And I ever met more humble people. And I shared their bread and their prayer. This is why I went to Afghanistan.

One day, I crossed the bridge over the Oxus River. I was alone on foot. And the Afghan soldier was so surprised to see me that he forgot to stamp my passport. But he gave me a cup of tea. And I understood that his surprise was my protection.

So I have been walking and traveling, by horses, by yak, by truck, by hitchhiking, from Iran's border to the bottom, to the edge of the Wakhan Corridor. And in this way I could find noor, the hidden light of Afghanistan. My only weapon was my notebook and my Leica. I heard prayers of the Sufi -- humble Muslims, hated by the Taliban. Hidden river, interconnected with the mysticism from Gibraltar to India. The mosque where the respectful foreigner is showered with blessings and with tears, and welcomed as a gift.

What do we know about the country and the people that we pretend to protect, about the villages where the only one medicine to kill the pain and to stop the hunger is opium? These are opium-addicted people on the roofs of Kabul 10 years after the beginning of our war. These are the nomad girls who became prostitutes for Afghan businessmen.

What do we know about the women 10 years after the war? Clothed in this nylon bag, made in China, with the name of burqa. I saw one day, the largest school in Afghanistan, a girls' school. 13,000 girls studying here in the rooms underground, full of scorpions. And their love [for studying] was so big that I cried.

What do we know about the death threats by the Taliban nailed on the doors of the people who dare to send their daughters to school as in Balkh? The region is not secure, but full of the Taliban, and they did it.

My aim is to give a voice to the silent people, to show the hidden lights behind the curtain of the great game, the small worlds ignored by the media and the prophets of a global conflict.

Thanks.

(Applause)

Word List:

  • tale = story, usually fiction
  • grave = place in the ground where a body is buried, often in a cemetery
  • to deport = to officially force someone to leave a country
  • to hitchhike = to travel by asking for free rides in vehicles of unknown people
  • Leica = a brand of camera
  • to shower = to give a large number of things or a large amount of something to someone
Monika Bulaj’s stunning, painting-like photographs blur religious and cultural divisions, exploding stereotypes. She is a TED Fellow.

Monika Bulaj is a photographer and writer who explores -- in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe -- the dim areas of monotheism, where the sacred can transcend borders: Bonfires, dances, cults of the dead, possession rites. She describes outskirts and deserts, frontiers and megalopolis. And the world of the last ones: nomads, farmers, immigrants, outcasts, untouchables and impure.

Her photos and reportaging have been published by GEO, National Geographic (Italy), La Repubblica, periodicals by Gruppo Espresso and Rcs, Courrier International, Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), Internazionale, Freundin, Teatr (Poland) and other international magazines.
She has displayed more than 50 personal exibitions in Italy, Germany, Ungheria, Bulgaria, Egypt.

Her books include Libya felix, a travel into Sufism and the world of the Tuaregh; Figli di Noè, on minorities and faiths in Azerbaijian; Rebecca e la pioggia, on the nomadic tribe of the Dinka of South Sudan; Gerusalemme perduta with Paolo Rumiz, the special correspondent of La Repubblica, on the pellegrinage in the research of the Eastern Christians; Genti di Dio, viaggio nell'Altra Europa, a synthesis of 20 years of research in East Europe and Israel, and her latest book, Bozy ludzie.

She has screenwritten documentaries, among which is the movie Romani Rat (2002) by M. Orlandi, on the Holocaust of the Roms, with the contribution of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. She's the director, photography director, and screenwriter of the documentary Figli di Noè, about the villages of Caucasus on the border between Dagestan and Azerbaigian.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MV: Twilight Saga - Eclipse - 2010

Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob -- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

From what I've tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire.
  • desire = a strong feeling of wanting to have or to do something
  • to favor = to support an idea and believe that it is better than other ideas that have been suggested
But if I had to perish twice...
  • to perish = to die, usually because of an illness or something that happens suddenly
And would suffice.
  • to suffice = to be enough
I gotta focus.
  • gotta = “have got to”
  • focus = concentrate, think about only what someone is doing
It's called a compromise.
  • compromise = a way of solving a problem or ending an argument in which both people or groups accept that they cannot have everything they want
It's just called coercion.
  • coercion = the use of force or threats to make someone do something
It's the way one says, 'I just got knocked up'.
  • knocked up = [slang] pregnant
Four o'clock on the dot.
  • on the dot = on time, exactly the time
That kid trying to brown nose me now or something?
  • to brown nose = to try very hard to please someone important or powerful, for example by agreeing with them all the time, in a way that annoys other people
I know, I put you through hell.
  • to put through hell = to make someone do or experience something difficult or unpleasant
But I have other reasons, for grounding you.
  • to ground [someone] = to punish a child or young person by stopping them from going to places that they enjoy
Yeah, I'm gathering that.
  • to gather = to believe that something is true, although no one has directly told you about it
You're going now to the reservation.
  • reservation = an area in the U.S. where Native Americans live in a separate community
Ya gotta embrace the clichés, Jess.
  • ya = [slang] you
  • to embrace = to accept and include something
  • cliché = a phrase or idea that is boring because people use it a lot and it is no longer original
They have the bread and butter of all valedictorians.
  • bread and butter = something that provides for the main subject
  • valedictorian = the student in a high school who has the best grades, and who usually makes a speech at a graduation ceremony
Speech is gonna be epic.
  • gonna = [slang] going to
  • epic = an epic fight or other activity is long and difficult
I decided to throw a party.
  • to throw a party = to have a party
I think that ship sailed long ago.
  • that ship sailed long ago = [idiom] something of the past and the present situation are different.
We've been tracking the situation in Seattle for a while.
  • tracking = to follow the development or progress of something
  • situation = the set of conditions that exist at a particular time in a particular place
If the situation gets anymore conspicuous, the Volturi will step in.
  • conspicuous = very noticeable or easy to see, especially because of being unusual or different
No, I'm just dropping her off.
  • to drop [someone/something] off = take someone to a place in a car, usually without getting out of the car yourself
Don't you just feel the vitamin D soaking up in your pores?
  • vitamin D = a vitamin found in fish and eggs that is important for bones and teeth. It is also produced by the action of sunlight on your skin.
  • pores = one of the very small holes in your skin that sweat can pass through
Are these all our old trip T-shirts?
  • old trip t-shirts = t-shirts bought while on vacation/holiday
I thought they'd make a good quilt.
  • quilt = a fairly thick cover for a bed, consisting of several layers of cloth sewn together, often with attractive patterns of cloth on the top layer
Yep
  • yep = yes
Maybe we can get a break from Jake's obsessive inner monologue.
  • to get a break = obtain a favorable opportunity; get special consideration or treatment.
  • obsessive = an emotional state in which someone or something is so important to you that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people
  • inner monologue = talking to yourself
Sam keeps him home studying, but he's chomping at the bit.
  • to chomp at the bit = to be ready and anxious to do something
It's more than some crush, Bella. Sam imprinted on Emily.
  • crush = a feeling of love and admiration for someone, often someone you know you cannot have a relationship with
  • to imprint = to make something have a strong/permanent influence on someone/something
Someone's orchestrating this.
  • to orchestrate [something] = to plan and organize a complicated event or course of action so that it achieves the result you want
Edward hated the idea, but it wasn't about rivalry anymore.
  • rivalry = a situation in which people, teams, businesses, etc. compete with one another
It wasn't exactly an easy alliance.
  • alliance = a group of people, organizations, or countries who have united to work together to achieve something
I really hate being a party crasher.
  • party crasher = is someone that invites themselves to a party they are not invited to
Paul's been hovering the grub.
  • to hover = to stay somewhere because you are waiting for something to happen
  • grub = food
Police are baffled by the escalating murders and disappearances.
  • baffled = cannot understand something or solve it
  • escalating = to become much worse or more serious, or to make something do this
Let's take it down a notch. Alright?
  • to take it down a notch = be less emotional/angry/argumentative/etc
Go blather to someone else about the joys of becoming a newborn.
  • to blather = to talk for a long time about something that is boring or not important
Royce King was the most eligible bachelor in town.
  • eligible bachelor = one who many women want to marry because he is rich and attractive.
I barely knew him.
  • barely = used for emphasizing how small an amount is
I told you she was a looker.
  • “a looker” = [slang] good looking, beautiful
Was my right hook too subtle for you?
  • hook = a hit that a boxer (=someone who fights as a sport) makes with their arm bent
  • subtle = not obvious, and therefore difficult to notice
It was my job to dispose of them.
  • to dispose = to get rid of something that you no longer need or want
Your stench, however, is revolting.
  • stench = a very bad smell, especially of decay
  • revolting = extremely unpleasant
What he means, is that your scent will mask mine if you carry me.
  • to mask = to hide the smell, taste, or sound of something with a stronger smell or taste or a louder sound
Opted out.
  • to opt out = to decide not to take part in something or to stop taking part in it
Your alibi for the battle is all arranged.
  • alibi = can prove that they were somewhere else when a crime was committed and so can claim to be not guilty
And everyone says, once I'm changed......all I'm gonna want is to slaughter the whole town.
  • to slaughter = the violent killing of a large number of people
And if I met you back then, I would've courted to you.
  • to court [someone] = to have a romantic relationship with someone, especially someone that you get married to later
We'd have taken chaperoned strolls, or had iced tea on the porch.
  • to chaperon = in the past, an older woman who went with a young woman who was not married to a social event to make sure that she behaved well
  • stroll = to walk without hurrying, often for pleasure
So that we can feed, without their retaliation.
  • retaliation = the act of doing something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you
You're going overboard.
  • to go overboard = to do or say more than is reasonable or necessary
If this is all I can contribute, I want to be thorough.
  • to contribute = to be a part of a group or an activity and help it to be successful
The newborns will be frantic.
  • frantic = Wild or distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion
I just want him to have a clear head.
  • clear head = the ability to think quickly and calmly in a difficult situation
You'll need my connection to the pack, to keep tabs on what's going on.
  • to keep tabs on [something] = keep a record on or watch attentively
Seth will spell me in the morning.
  • to spell [someone] = to do someone’s work for a short time, so that they can rest
I can't sleep with all that teeth chattering going on.
  • chattering = if your teeth chatter, they knock together from fear or cold
That's an intriguing idea.
  • intriguing = very interesting, especially because of being strange or mysterious
He's checking to see if the woods are clear before he goes.
  • clear = empty
Yes. It's not often we're rendered unnecessary.
  • rendered = to make someone or something be or become something
Why'd he have to butt in?
  • to butt in = to join a conversation or activity without being asked to



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Friday, December 9, 2011

FREE audiobook from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama's Latest Book Spawns Free Audiobook Edition Read By Martin Sheen
originally posted at Huffingtonpost.com Dec 6, 2011



The actor Martin Sheen (real name: Ramón Antonio Gerard Estévez) has played a President of the U.S., King Arthur and the father of a super hero. Yet he still felt inadequate when facing his latest role: being the voice of a real-life enlightened spiritual being.

He was selected to read the audio edition of the latest book by Dalai Lama, "Beyond Religion". According to Sheen, "my first inclination was, 'nobody can be that voice.'"

Yet eventually, he accepted the challenge from audible.com of reading the audio version of the book, which is available to download for free until December 20th via Audible's website.

The book is perhaps a surprising call for humanity to move beyond religion in order to improve our lives. "What we need today," the Lama writes, "is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without: a secular ethics."

You can read an excerpt from the book here, and watch the short video above to learn just how Sheen reacted to being asked to perform the reading, what word he found the Lama kept using in his writing, and how the book is about much more than questions of religion and ethics.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

MV: Kung Fu Panda 2 - 2011

In the Valley of Peace, Po Ping is reveling in his fulfilled dreams as he serves as the fabled Dragon Warrior protecting his home with his heroes now his closest friends. However, Po and company learn that the murderous Lord Shen of Gongman City is threatening the land with a fearsome new weapon that could mean the end of kung fu. They attempt to stop him, but the panda is burdened with crippling memory flashbacks linked to this villain. Now with China in the balance, Po must learn about his past and find true inner peace against all opposition.


They brought great joy and prosperity to the city.
  • prosperity = the situation of being successful and having a lot of money
Shen's troubled parents consulted a Soothsayer.
  • troubled = worried about the problems that you have
  • to consult = to ask for information or advice from someone who has special knowledge about a particular subject
She foretold, that if Shen continued down this dark path, he would be defeated by a warrior of black and white.
  • to foretell = to say what will happen in the future
But he did next, only sealed it.
  • to seal = to assure, confirm, or bind with or as if with a seal
He was banished from the city forever.
  • to banish = to officially order someone to leave a country or region as a punishment
Vandals of Volcano Mountain?
  • vandal = someone who deliberately damages property
Whatever it is, I'll take them down.
  • to take [someone] down = opponent is swiftly defeated
It's your next phase of training.
  • phase = a particular period of time during the development of something
Without the slightest taste of food or water.
  • slightest = small in size, amount, or degree
And was able to harness the flow of the universe.
  • to harness = to get control of something in order to use it for a particular purpose
I saw you just sort of fanciful foot work.
  • fanciful = unusual and complicated rather than plain and practical
Chew on that, tubby.
  • tubby = [slang] fat person
Yes, I have a stain to prove it.
  • stain = to leave a mark on something accidentally
Now we got the pleasantries out of the way, please leave my house.
  • pleasantries = pleasant remarks that you make in order to be polite. When two people exchange pleasantries, they talk to each other politely about unimportant things.
Gongmen is under the stewardship of the Master's Council and we will protect it even from you.
  • stewardship = the way in which someone organizes and takes care of something
You insolent fool!
  • insolent = rude, especially when you should be showing respect
And that's me giving you a piggyback ride.
  • piggyback = carry on your back with your arms supporting their legs
On second thought, I'll hang on to this one.
  • to hang on to = to hold tightly to something
It's quiet, polite, and frankly, it does better Kung Fu.
  • frankly = used for emphasizing that what you are about to say is your honest opinion, even though the person you are talking to might not like it
That's severely cool.
  • severely = in a very strict or extreme way
So hardcore you don't feel anything.
  • hardcore = very determined and completely unwilling to change opinions or behavior
Po is the one freaking out.
  • to freak out = become so angry, surprised, excited, or frightened that you cannot control yourself
Everything must exactly how I envisioned it.
  • to envision = to imagine that something will happen in the future, or is happening now
Followed by denial.
  • denial = a refusal to accept the unpleasant truth about a situation or admit what you are feeling
He fought like a demon. Big and furry. Soft and squishy. Kind of plush and cuddly.
  • demon = an evil spirit
  • furry = covered with a substance that looks and feels like fur
  • squishy = rather soft, often softer than it should be
  • plush = made from or covered with a soft thick cloth similar to velvet
  • cuddly = you want to put your arms around them and hold them close to show that you like or love them them, especially because they look soft or round
We'll march in and proclaim, we're the Dragon Warrior and the Furious Five.
  • to proclaim = to state something publicly
This place is crawling with wolves.
  • to be crawling with [animals/people] = full of [animals/people] in a way that is unpleasant
We need to get to that tower without being spotted by those wolves.
  • to be spotted = to be seen
So that was stealth mode, uh?
  • stealth = a quiet and secret way of behaving so that no one sees or hears you
  • mode = a particular way of doing something
They must be in that jail gathering intelligence, hatching a plot to use their awesomeness, to defeat the weapon.
  • to hatch = if you hatch something such as a plan, you plan it, especially in secret
Spread out!
  • to spread out = move away from one another so that they cover a large area
I can feel the kung fu chill riding up my spine.
  • chill = to make someone feel extremely frightened or worried
  • to ride up my spine = [slang] to have a feeling of fear, to be frightened physically
We are going to free you from those bondages and injustice. No problem.
  • bondages = tied up with rope or chains
Then we use...a sneak attack.
  • sneak = to move somewhere quietly and secretly so that no one can see you or hear you
With bars made of hopelessness and all you get is three square meals of shame!
  • square meal = a large meal that makes you feel satisfied
With despair for dessert.
  • despair = the feeling that a situation is so bad that nothing you can do will change it
I like to squash you!
  • to squash = to hurt someone by pressing or pushing them hard
You mess with a Wolf, you get the fangs.
  • fang = one of the long pointed teeth that some animals have (snakes, dogs, tigers, vampires)
These are the best cuffs.
  • cuffs = handcuffs = metal rings that a police officer puts around a prisoner’s wrists to stop them from using their hands or arms
I threw up a little bit on the third floor.
  • to throw up = food and drink comes back up from your stomach and out of your mouth
Is there some sort of evil janitor or something?
  • janitor = [UK caretaker] takes care of a public building such as a hospital or school.
Keep your eyes peeled for the weapon!
  • to keep your eyes peeled = [slang] to watch carefully for someone or something
And we came to avenge him!
  • to avenge = to react to something wrong that has been done to you, your family, or your friends by punishing the person who did it
Would you guys spill the beans?
  • to spill the beans = [slang] to tell people secret information
It's chaos up there.
  • chaos = a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess
Give me a little credit.
  • to give [someone] a little credit = accept that [someone] is smart enough to handle a situation
Ya, okay. He caught me off guard.
  • to catch off guard = to surprise someone by doing or saying something they were not expecting
Stop being a wimp.
  • wimp = someone who is not brave, strong, or confident
A trivial sacrifice.
  • trivial = not very important, serious, or valuable
Will the subjugation of the whole world finally make you feel better?
  • subjugation = to defeat a place or a group of people and force them to obey you
I might as well convert the basement into a dungeon.
  • to convert = to change from one system, use, or method to another
And wipe those stupid grins off your faces.
  • to wipe a stupid grin off your face = [slang] stop laughing [at someone]
Fill some craters in your soul.
  • craters = large holes in the surface
This was a thriving village.
  • thriving = very successful
Your friend there is very persuasive.
  • persuasive = good at making people agree to do or believe what you want them to
I scarred you for life.
  • to scar = a permanent effect on someone’s mind, caused by an unpleasant experience that they have had



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